Smith ready for battle after meeting with umpires

Steve Smith presser close up

Australia captain Steve Smith has confirmed that he and Proteas counterpart, Faf du Plessis, have had a meeting about how their players behave on the field.

After David Warner and Quinton de Kock were both fined for the ugly altercation in the first Test in Durban, Smith is keen for both teams not to overstep the mark ahead of the second Test in Port Elizabeth that starts on Friday.

The Aussies skipper is keen for the game of cricket to be written and spoken about and once again, like so many in the build-up to the game at St George’s Park, spoke about not crossing that personal ‘line’.

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Of the meeting with the match officials, Smith said on Thursday: “It was nice to just have a chat and ensure that we’re playing within the spirit of the game and that cricket is what is written about and talked about after this game.

“It’s all been about the indiscretions of the last fixture and that’s not what we want for the game.

“Cricket has got to be the winner, so it’s just about staying in line, continuing to play good, hard cricket.

“There’s nothing wrong with a bit of banter out in the field. It’s just making sure we’re not getting personal or crossing any lines.”

The Aussie skipper is keen for his team to continue with their good form, in the cricketing sense, after they won the first Test by 118 runs.

Smith, who confirmed that they will be fielding an unchanged XI from the Kingsmead Test, also expects the home team to come out all guns blazing on Friday.

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He said: “Obviously there’s been a fair bit going on the last couple of days but the boys trained well yesterday.

“We played a really good game in Durban. It probably hasn’t been spoken about much, but we played some good cricket and hopefully we can keep it up this week.

“They’re a very good side and they’re probably hurting after losing the first match. No doubt they’ll come back hard in this one.”

Nasri Alexander in Port Elizabeth